Mentoring

SCORE has been mentoring new and existing businesses for over 40 years and has a network of over 13,000 volunteers who donate their time to help entrepreneurs.

Williamsburg SCORE has a group of over twenty highly successful and experienced business professionals and entrepreneurs who serve as mentors and provide face-to-face counseling. Williamsburg SCORE mentors deliver valuable, timely, and practical advice. Whether you are a start-up or an existing business, our mentors will help you and your business open new markets, reach new customers, and achieve new goals.

These SCORE mentors will help you start and grow your business through free and confidential business advice online and in person. Start now by choosing one of the two options below:

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Robert F. Bower, Jr.
General business management, business planning, real estate development and transactions, contract negotiation

Bob has extensive experience with both large and smaller companies throughout his business career. A retired CPA of Pennsylvania and North Carolina, he has used his accounting and financial background in solving organizational and operational problems. He also has earned the CCIM designation from the National Association of Realtors.

Most recently, Bob served as President of a real estate development company which was involved in the development of a 1,600 acre mixed-use community. He is also a volunteer tax preparer for VITA-Williamsburg.
 

 


Tracey Calloway

Business operations, finance and accounting; human resources and internal communications; non-profit organizations

Over 10 years of HR experience with Fortune 50 organizations. Hands-on small business experience in car care, real estate and HR consulting. She is a former business professor for Business Communications and Financial/Cost Accounting.  Tracey is also a Boots to Business Workshop presenter at Ft. Eustis and has served on numerous non-profits boards, currently the Texas A&M Mays FT MBA Advisory Board. She has knowledge of the military as a military spouse and is experience in staffing, training, organizational design, change management, compensation and benefit and 501(c)3 start-ups.   She has both a B.S. and M.B.A. degree from Texas A&M University - College Station and is a Sr. Certified HR Professional (SPHR).

 


Kenneth W. Carr
Business startup planning, business turnaround, target marketing, developing marketing plans and advertising


Ken has over 30 years experience in marketing and sales management with leading international corporations in the luxury consumer products industry. He has handled business set up and development, team building, advertising and sales promotion with an emphasis in the department and specialty store markets. He directed the reorganizing and staffing of corporate divisions that occurred due to mergers or expansion; frequently performing the task of corporate trouble shooter using unique strategies to turn around under performing divisions.

 


 

Charles J. Connelly
Pulp & Paper Manufacturing/Packaging; Financial Planning; Business Plans/Strategies; Cash Flow

Charlie's career spanned 32 years with a major paper manufacturer, mainly in financial management roles. He was the controller of several major business sectors, directed the company's internal audit function and was involved in investor relations. Charlie's strengths are in the financial analysis of business decisions. His board memberships included the Arts Council and Junior Achievement of a major metropolitan area. In addition to SCORE, Charlie is a volunteer tax counselor with AARP and has been a member of the finance council of his local church. Charlie is the Treasurer of the Williamsburg SCORE Chapter.

 


 

Benjamin DeMeo
Business Finance & Accounting, Sales, Marketing and Public Relations

Ben has been fortunate to have the opportunity to start up and sell four distinctly different businesses: a retail store, construction company, insurance agency and a telemarketing company. The development of each of these business all had common strategies, research competitive market, creating start-up cost and cash flow worksheets, creating competitive pricing, developing a marketing strategy and most important a human resource philosophy.

 


 

Ed Del Giorno
General Banking; Business Budgeting & Management; Large/Small Business Operations; Retail & Commercial Account Acquisition

Ed has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has directed re-engineering projects, mergers, and service and quality improvements and he managed the smooth integration of technology into a major credit card processing company. Subsequently, he was recruited to be COO of a residential security business to help the CEO prepare it for sale. Ed graduated from St. Johns University and has an MBA from The City College of New York- Baruch College.

 


 

Richard Fisher
Strategic/Business Planning, Supply Chain Management, Outsourcing, Experience in High-Tech Environment

Rick has over 35 years of experience working in manufacturing, operations management, purchasing, logistics, and senior Program Management roles. He was directly involved in establishing Raytheon's commercial Resource Recovery and Low Head Hydro Businesses. In his 21 years working for Digital (DEC), Compaq and HP, he managed a geographically dispersed logistics team for one of three Services Regions in the U.S. He has international experience, having worked as the Worldwide Program Manager for DEC to implement a new Information System. Rick has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Finance. He is a retired Major in the Army Corps of Engineers.

 


 

Richard Garretson
Business startup, business turn-around, strategic planning, business planning, process management and non-profit organization

Dick has experience in defense and aerospace management and consulting. Areas of competence include planning and management of projects and contracts, proposal preparation, cost estimating, budgeting and financial management, subcontracting and purchasing, and management audits. Dick founded and managed his own small business consulting firm. Dick provides guidance to clients in business start-up, business turn-around, strategic planning, business planning, process management and non-profit organization.

 


Maloy Jones
Business startup, business turn-around, strategic planning, business planning, business management, systems engineering, and non-profit organizational development

Maloy is a retired Vice President of Electronic Data Systems. He has extensive experience in managing large complex organizations in the United States, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. His international experience included start-up operations and Joint Venture company management as well as business development in several functional areas. He also was responsible for managing significant operations supporting the US Federal Government and State and Local Government.

Maloy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Administration. He has been a guest lecturer at Oxford University and served on different boards including Chairman of the Board of the Virginia Center of Innovative Technology. He has also served on various US and International Committees including NATO and AFCEA.


 

Bruce Landefeld
General marketing, pricing strategies, budgets, small business accounting

Bruce has varied experience including energy project engineering and industrial marketing with a Fortune 500 company. He also owned and managed a digital printing company for many years. He has an extensive background in general marketing, pricing strategies, budgets and small business accounting. He also has direct experience buying and selling a business. Bruce’s educational background includes an MBA and a degree in mechanical engineering. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy submarine service.

 


Paul Luchsinger
Marketing, sales, general business management

Paul has more than 35 years of experience in leadership and management of small to medium sized companies. Paul has owned and managed his own small business and has an extensive background in marketing, sales, and general business management at the senior executive level. Paul is a graduate of Syracuse University and has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Paul is a veteran and served 6 years with the U.S. Air Force with command responsibilities in Southeast Asia. Paul provides guidance to start-up and existing small businesses.

 


Gene McClure
Sales-Retail; Business Plans/Strategies; Training; Wholesaling; Advertising; Consulting

Gene’s entire working career was devoted to retailing. He spent sixteen years with the Joseph Horne Company in Pittsburgh PA, serving variously as assistant buyer, buyer, budget store merchandise manager, and subsequently as division
merchandise manager.

Gene then moved to another department store as General Merchandise Manager. He later served with the William Carter Company, merchandising sixty-five outlet stores distributed nationally. Gene is a military veteran and holds a BA degree from Allegheny College.


Gene Partlow
General Management; General Negotiation; Business Plans & Strategies; Consulting; Budgets; Licensing-Intellectual Programs

Gene Partlow has had a diverse career in engineering, marketing, financial analysis and licensing in the telecommunications and aerospace industries. He created and led patent and technology licensing businesses, with profit and loss responsibility, for AT&T, Lucent Technologies and the Boeing Company. His responsibilities included creating patent and trademark assets, enforcing intellectual property rights, and negotiating licenses worldwide to produce revenue of $500 million annually. Gene has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations and is currently a consultant on intellectual property licensing.

 


Dean Risseeuw
Systems & Industrial Engineering; Aerospace; Training; Research & Testing Services

Dean served for over twenty years in the U.S. Army and spent another twenty years with defense contractors providing goods and services to the Army and other military and civilian departments. He has advised small/start-up businesses on marketing goods and services to the government and to its prime contractors. His experience also includes independent consulting/contracting and officer/director of a small importing company and a non-profit. He has worked with numerous veterans leaving the service to start their own firms or join established companies. Dean is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and a workshop presenter for the Boots to Business program at Ft. Eustis.  Dean serves as Chapter Chair for the Williamsburg SCORE chapter.

 


 

Sal Sotis
Manufacturing; Production Management; Industrial Engineering; Purchasing; Operations; Sales; Export/Import

Sal has over 45 years of experience in the manufacturing and distribution of disposable products with an international company which serves major customers in over 24 countries. His love for marketing, trouble shooting and customer relations led to a senior management position for the past 28 years. Sal has managed companies in New York, Pennsylvania and Richmond Virginia. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and holds degrees in architectural engineering and international business. His volunteer experience includes Kiwanis and service as a volunteer firefighter.

 


Dennis Stanzione

General Management; Computer/Info Systems & Data Processing; Consulting; Sales/Marketing/Trade Shows.
Dennis has more than 35 years’ experience in the computer software and services industry. His career includes working for several small start-up companies and helping to manage the growth of those fledgling organizations. In addition, he managed projects for several small-to-medium size banking organizations. Over the years he has held leadership positions in the areas of planning, sales, budgeting, operations, and client services. Dennis holds an MBA degree in Executive Management.

 


 

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"You can search for SCORE email mentors by Area of Business, Industry or skill and then browse their profiles by to find the one that's right for your business."

If you need assistance in a specialized area or specific industry, e-mail counseling gives you greater reach and the access to SCORE's national network of e-mail counselors.